“We have come here to protect our religion and Hindu pride. We want a temple for our lord Ram,” said Hitesh Bharadwaj, a teacher from Delhi’s satellite city Noida.
The hardline VHP has applied pressure on Modi in recent weeks, staging a huge show of force in Ayodhya itself last month.
The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.
“We don’t care about the courts. A grand temple will be constructed in 2019,” said Sushil Chawdhary, a VHP leader.